GIZ, Ghana partners vote 25m euros for TVET

Christoph Retzlaff, German Ambassador to Ghana

The German Government and its partners in Ghana have voted €25 million to strengthen the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in the country.

This was revealed by the German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff during the 2019 Women in TVET Conference held in Accra last Wednesday.

The move also forms part of deliberate measures aimed at encouraging young women to have interest in venturing into the sector which is largely dominated by males.

This is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the auspices of the Council for Technical and Vocation Education Training (COTVET), the Ministry of Education, Employment and Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations as well as other departments and agencies.

Importantly, TVET is one of the major areas German government has been collaborating with Ghana in order to concentrate support for women in the sector.

Notably, the recent development in the oil and gas sector abounds with lots of essential opportunities for people having technical and vocational skills.

Since TVET is seen as an important sector, yet few women do take up the challenge due to one reason or the other, the conference served as a platform to showcase successful women in the industry to encourage more women in TVET as well as changing the perception that people already have on technical and vocational education in Ghana.

Delivering the key note address on the theme Challenging Gender Stereotypes in TVET in Ghana, Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of TVET, Gifty Twum Ampofo, who represented the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia said government will cut sod in the second week of December to rehabilitate and upgrade all 34 National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) to modern status.

The conference brought together students from some selected technical and vocation institutions in the country as well as young women who are already practicing in the sector for knowledge and experience sharing.